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06/07/2010 4:53 PM ET
Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers named Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week
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Detroit Tigers right-hander Armando Galarraga has been named Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week for the period ending June 6th. Bank of America, the Official Bank of Major League Baseball, is the presenting sponsor of the American League and National League Player of the Week Awards, which reflect Bank of America's long-standing tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment.

On June 2nd, Galarraga lost a bid for a perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning, on a play that was ruled an infield hit by Cleveland's Jason Donald. Instead, the 28-year-old native of Caracas, Venezuela ended the day with his first-ever complete game and shutout in the three-strikeout performance. In an emotional and difficult circumstance, Galarraga's remarkable display of grace and exemplary sportsmanship equaled his greatness on the mound. For both performances, Armando has been awarded the first weekly honor of his career. Prior to Detroit's 3-0 victory on Wednesday, Galarraga had not limited a team to just one hit since July 22, 2009, when he held the mark through 7.1 innings. On Wednesday, Galarraga joined Mike Mussina (2001 vs. Red Sox) and Pedro Martinez (1995 vs. Padres) as the only three pitchers in the past 20 years to have retired at least 26 consecutive batters in a game without completing the perfecto. The last Tigers pitcher to lose a perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning was Milt Wilcox against the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park on April 15, 1983. Armando made history on Wednesday, becoming the first Tigers pitcher to fire a complete-game, one-hitter since Mike Maroth did so on July 16, 2004 against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park.

Other noteworthy performances included Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Torii Hunter, who tied Major League-bests with five doubles and 10 RBI, and Boston Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez, who led the Majors with a .600 batting average and a .667 on-base percentage. Also considered was Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who is currently the leading vote-getter at his position for the 2010 American League All-Star team, and led the A.L. with 13 hits and four stolen bases last week.

The Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week, Armando Galarraga, is awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

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